'''Howard Phillips Lovecraft''' (;
["Lovecraft". ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''.]
August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction
. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazine
s before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island
, where he spent most of his life. His father was confined to a mental institution
when Lovecraft was three years old. His grandfather, a wealthy businessman, enjoyed storytelling and was an early influence. Intellectually precocious but sensitive, Lovecraft began composing rudimentary horror tales by the age of eight, but suffered from Anxiety disorder|overwhelming feelings of anxiety
. He encountered problems with classmates in school, and was kept at home by his highly strung and...